Our footballing 1st XI took to the Tynecastle pitch on what was a beautifully sunny evening on Friday in the Scottish Independent Schools’ Football Association’s Cup Final 2014.
Up against rivals Stewart’s Melville College, the boys were supported by a good-natured crowd of Watson's fans. With assistant coach Peter McIlwaine away on S3 Projects, along with many members of staff, coach Chris Sharp was joined on the touchline by Andy Cumming, former pupil, who returned from his studies in France especially, to help prepare the team and share his experience of previous cup finals when he was a player in our team and a coach.
An early goal in the first half put Stewart’s Melville in the lead, but our boys battled hard, winning much of the possession but failing to hit the back of the net. This score line remained until well into the second half. A moment’s distraction resulted in defensive errors and Stewart’s Melville went two up. A relatively late third goal by our city rivals and our supporters felt it was possibly all over. Our team, however, had other ideas. Some late substitutions brought new energy to the team and Calum Young (S6) dribbled past several players to score with a shot from 20 metres.
Principal Gareth Edwards said, “I was very proud of the team which played with considerable skill and determination; they never gave up. Well done to them and to the coaches.“